BOC & Military discover smuggled rice, sugar stored in warehouses, vessels in Zamboanga

BOC & Military discover smuggled rice, sugar stored in warehouses, vessels in Zamboanga

Bureau of Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero will not tolerate any illegal acts of any BoC employee under his watch- he wants results true to their mandate.

And boy did they deliver- bigtime!, government agents raided seven warehouses in Zambasulta (Zamboanga-Basilan-Sulu-Tawi-Tawi) area recently, which yielded around 160,000 sacks of rice and thousands bags of sugar which are all believed to be smuggled into the country.

Agents from the military and customs agents armed with seven letters of authority inspected the seven warehouses on November 9 and 15.

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“A total of 100,000 sacks of rice and 30,000 bags of sugar with estimated value of P160 million were uncovered inside the Almali Marketing, one of the raided warehouses.
Other warehouses inspected were Hadji Warid Warehouse 1, 2 and 3; Minham, Minham 2; and Jundilan Warehouse 1 and 2.
Baliwasan Warehouse 1 yielded 30, 090 sacks of rice and 20 bags of sugar worth P30 million while Baliwasan Warehouse 2 has 28,000 bags of rice worth P56 million.”
Port of Zamboanga district collector Segundo Sigmundfreud Barte will give the owners 15 days to present legal and pertinent documents supporting the shipments, failure to do so will result to warrant of seizure and detention will be issued against the shipments.

Back-to-back operations

BoC is on a roll because after the raid of seven warehouses , three cargo vessels yielded thousands sacks of rice and several cartons of cigarettes allegedly to be smuggled into the country through the waters off Zamboanga were discovered.

A result of an intelligence report, the team up between the Customs bureau, the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP), and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) inspected three cargo vessels off Zamboanga believed to be loaded with smuggled goods.

“M/V Hulk” was found to have a total of 50,000 sacks of rice worth P50 million, while “RJ Express” was found to have in its possession 5,081 sacks of rice worth P5.081 million. 

While the third vessel “M/V Maria Rebecca” was found to have 85 cartons of cigarettes worth P4.9 million.

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